The holiday season can be very hectic for parents, especially working parents! If you are a working mama, you know what I mean! In addition to our regularly hectic schedule, there are holiday performances, baked goods to make, presents to buy, and magical miracles to create for the holiday season.
So I put together a guide that have all my favorite tips, tricks, and hacks for scheduling, shortcuts, and more.
#1. USE Google Sheets, Smartsheets, for all your list and time management needs. I personally love Google Sheets, but recently I have been working with Smartsheets more and if you are techy, it’s definitely worth a try. Google sheets, however, is much more user friendly, and accessible to the average person who knows just enough about these kinds of programs.
#2. Start shopping early. Time management essentially means starting early enough and giving yourself enough time to get things done so that you’re not rushing through the season at the last minute. – Another thing to remember about this is prioritizing. Learn to prioritize based on importance and time due.
#3. Order everything online! Parents, with the invention of amazon and the internet, Holiday shopping should be a breeze!! With Amazon, there is even a gift wrapping option available for an additional cost! If you need to, do it! Spend the extra money to take a task off your hands.
#4. Don’t be ashamed to use box or ready mix cookies and cakes! I use boxed mix for cakes and cookies, and I doctor it up with stuff that will make it mine. Add extra ginger, add honey, be creative! But if you don’t have the time, it’s better to make something than nothing at all. I guarantee you that your children will NOT notice that it came from a box, or that it’s ready made cookie dough. They will just want the cakes and cookies.
#5. Build gingerbread houses with the ready made kits! These can literally be found anywhere! The gingerbread does not have to be homemade from scratch. The icing does not have to be made from scratch. The candies do not have to be from fancy boutique stores. Buy the ready made kits where the gingerbread is included, and just have a great night full of gingerbread fun with your family!
#6. Don’t agree to host everything! Be strong enough to say no! Make your friends, family, siblings, etc host some events. Don’t be the hostess with the mostest this holiday season! It’s OK to just be a guest! You have way too much to think about to host all.the.time.
#7. Get pastries or donuts for a quick, fun, Christmas morning breakfast! Don’t make a fancy breakfast! I bet that Christmas day will be FILLED with items on your agenda and families houses to visit, or you may have people coming over! Just spend the morning opening presents, having cocoa, and coffee, pastries and donuts! It’ll be way easier than trying to make a fancy, breakfast that, let’s face it, are not as fun as donuts!
#8. Have a contingency plan for unexpected gifts. i.e. gift cards, small gifts, etc. GIFT CARDS, I will say it again. I buy a bunch of different gift cards in the beginning of the season and just have it on my in their fancy envelopes or boxes.
#9. Put Christmas Music on ALL THE TIME! I just love listening to Christmas Music, it puts me in the seasonal mood, no matter crazy my schedule gets.
#10. Make sure you remember to cuddle with your babies and drink hot chocolate. It’s what makes all this craziness worth it.